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Kenyan gay film crew make it to ‘Vogue’ magazine

Kenyan gay film director Wanuri Kahiu and actors Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva have made it to British Vogue Magazine.

The three Rafiki  crew members are part of 16 ladies dubbed “cool girls” interviewed for tips on where to eat, hang out and club in Nairobi.

Wanuri and her team have been a media sensation ever since their film was nominated to the Cannes Festival  where they received a standing ovation.

In the Vogue article, the three outline their favourite hangout joints, fashion pieces by Kenyan designers and ambitions for a better Nairobi.

Wanuri, asked what she would do if she was the city’s mayor, says; “I would cover public spaces with roadside exhibitions of art, increase access to cultural events, and I would encourage freedom of expression and support artists in their quest to create.”


The freedom of expression bit is a subtle reminder how the government banned the screening of her Rafiki film on grounds that it was promoting same sex relationships.

Mugatsia had different ambitions if she were to become the mayor; “I would improve on garbage collection, disposal community recycling, find a way to accommodate hawkers without increasing traffic/insecurity, create designated bicycle lanes, increase skate parks, playgrounds and tree cover in town however possible.”

Other “cool girls” interviewed by Vogue for the article included model Ajuma Nasanyana, stylist Annabel Onyango, fashion designers Anyango Mpinga, Diana Opoti and Katungulu Mwendwa along with musician Muthoni the Drama Queen.

Read the Vogue article here.